Kitchen Details Part 1

by Michelle on October 4, 2009

Last week for Metamorphosis Monday I posted the construction of my kitchen. But the fun part of any kitchen construction is deciding the details. The cabinet hardware, trim, backsplash and all the other little things that bring out the personality of the owner…that’s me! And did I have fun or what!

First of all I am not a matchy/matchy person. I’ve seen people agonize over making sure that the finish of their faucets matches the finish on their cabinet hardware and the finish on their appliances. Well I like to mix it up, including mixing up hardware on the same cabinet!

Larder; A cool area for storing food prior to use. Larders were commonplace in houses before the widespread use of the refrigerator.

I’ve always wanted a larder in my kitchen. And since I tried to design my kitchen around our Craftsman Architecture, I knew this was the perfect time for a larder!

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Here’s the hardware on my larder. You see I really did mix it up! I used a fancy brass and wooden Victorian Teardrop pull with a heavy, cast iron pull! I also have a fancy glass knob on the small door which was difficult to photograph.

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And here’s the hardware on my kitchen cabinets, again totally a mix of this and that and what I liked! All the cabinets and drawers have either a plain square wooden knob or a reproduction cast iron pull.

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I wanted a cast iron fireback installed above my range. I love cast iron and I found this wonderful reproduction of an original 17 century pineapple design. The pineapple is a symbol for welcome and hospitality and it is a very important symbol in our family. So to find my fireback and a pineapple at the same time..well I was thrilled. The fireback is the very first thing I bought for my new kitchen and it was finally installed two years later!

Here’s Steve installing my Pineapple Fireback.

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Since I was trying to design my kitchen to look as old as possible I wanted the backsplash behind the stove to look like a chimney. So I had my mason install rock as the backsplash. I love how the rock looks with the cast iron fireback and the big Wolf.

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Here’s my Wolf in work mode, I was canning and making dinner at the time and it’s the same photo I used for my blog header picture. NOTE: On the right side of the photo you can see my latte which is never far from my reach!

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We use our toaster daily but I really do not like looking at small appliances on my countertops and frankly I did not have the room. So I had a special cabinet installed in the island for the toaster. And since the toaster does get hot, it is on a sliding shelf so when we need to use it we just pull out the toaster, toast our bread, let the toaster cool down which just takes a minute and then slide it back into the cabinet and shut the door. I love my toaster cabinet! NOTE: You must have a power source inside the cabinet to plug in the toaster!

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We also have a restaurant style Bun Coffee Maker which is tall and required a custom cabinet. Since we have to add the water from the top, I again designed a sliding shelf for the Bun. Just pull out the shelf, pour in the water, close the shelf and viola…it’s coffee time!

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I have oodles of kitchen towels, every color and design imaginable including designs for each holiday. I swap out my kitchen towel daily and so designed my sink cabinet to have a hook for my kitchen towel.

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Here’s my main clean up sink for the kitchen. I love having a nice big sink and because it’s a little bit lower then a top mount sink, it’s so much easier for me to use. I love this sink and my faucet.

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If you’re wondering about plumbing access for the kitchen cabinet. I designed access from the back of the cabinet and it’s hidden inside this row of cabinets which face the kitchen eating area.

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In live in an area with very hard water and so for my island sink I wanted something I did not have to worry about iron stains. I found this wonderful, extra deep, heavy copper sink on Ebay for $50! I love this copper sink!

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Since I am a baker and bake almost daily I designed a small hanging shelf for my rather large variety of flours. And you can see it is packed with jars of flour. Some of the jars are vintage jars that
I’ve collected over the years.

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One of my favorite jars in this old Crisco Jar. I’ve had this jar forever and I think I picked it up at a garage sale while I was in college. I rarely had a quarter to my name while at school, the jar was probably $.10 at the most.

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Here is one of my many blue Mason Jars with a porcelain top. And I bought three of these green jars years ago at a local garage sale, 3@$10. Someone had painted all the tops purple but I sort of like the purple tops!

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Another vintage favorite is the old kitchen scale. I did not think I would be able to actually use the scale thinking it would not be true. But I took it to the post office to compare it to the PO scales and it’s surprisingly accurate! Cost: $3

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Microwave: Advantium
Built-in Oven: GE
Range: Wolf 6-burner, double oven with griddle
Dishwasher: KitchenAid
Faucets: Brand: Perrin & Rowe; Finish: Polished Chrome
Main Sink: Herbeau Luberon
Island Sink: Extra deep copper bought on Ebay
Garbage Disposals: Insinkerator
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Built-in
Tile: Ceramic 12″
Countertop: Soapstone
Cabinets: Brand: Monarch; Style: Shaker; Stain: Colony; Wood: Hickory

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit Susan’s site and you’ll find some fabulous ideas freely shared by many gracious and highly creative people.

I thought I would be able to post my kitchen remodel over two weeks but I think I’m going to have to add a third post for next week. I still have the Butler Pantry, lighting and several custom cabinets to reveal and my list of mistakes I made.

I know some had questions about the material I used for the kitchen ceiling in last week’s Metamorphosis Monday. We installed the kitchen ceiling in April ’07 and I’m pretty sure we ordered the material in March of that year. But I’ve gone through every bill for the entire year and I’m sorry to say I can’t find the invoice. I am planning on speaking with my carpenter this week and I will ask him if he remembers the ceiling material and if I find out I will post the kitchen ceiling information next week in my final kitchen remodel post.

Links of Interest:
My Kitchen-The Beginning
Kitchen Details Part 2

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  • Chow and Chatter October 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    wow love the kitchen Rebecca

  • Lori E October 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Michelle you already know how much I covet your stove but the seeing the rest is the icing on the cake. What a gorgeous kitchen. No wonder you bake all the time. Everything is so perfectly planned out. I can’t wait to see the rest.

  • susan October 4, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Michelle-This has been my favorite kitchen since the first time I visited your blog. I am so glad to get the tour! I just love the cast iron and the stone. I really love the special spot you designed for your towels. My family laughs at my assortment and all my holiday towels! Thanks for the details!

  • Sandy October 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Michelle,
    Your kitchen is just wonderful, the attention to every little detail is just amazing.
    I think I would bake every day if I had your kitchen.
    Sandy

  • pk @ Room Remix October 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    This is beautiful! You really did pay attention to each detail and it shows. LOVE the color of the larder!
    pk @ room remix

  • Glenda/MidSouth October 4, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow! Beautiful kitchen! I might cook more if I had a stove like that. :-) Looks great.

  • nannykim/spindle cottage October 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    wow such a nice kitchen–love the range!! The stonework behind it reminds me of the fireplace I had as a child!!

    It is funny because you mentioned something about having a lower sink which was good for you…now this I don’t understand. I believe my sink is at a normal height (not sure since the kitchen was renovated in the 50’s) and I am a shortish person (around 5’4″) and I wish my sink was up higher because my back will ache from bending over a bit. So I am wondering about your sink.

    I have a tiny kitchen and do a lot of cooking (I have a cooking blog too) and I actually love the handiness of everything being in about a 1 or 2 step reach! So I do like the smallness. I use and enamel table for a lot of the cooling and some prep work. I could use a slightly bigger work space but it has been fairly good. I do love the fact that you have all that storage space for flour. I do miss that!! I ended up having some storage put under my enamel table and I have also used part of a bedroom closet!! I have to use tons of different flours since I have to cook gluten free for me and it takes all kinds of mixtures!! And then I cook regular stuff for my hubby and remaining son!! Storage would be nice in a bigger kitchen so you must be ohhhhhhhhh so happy!!

  • Kayte October 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

    What fun…you write so well that I felt you were giving me a personal tour around the kitchen and it was just wonderful! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed every single bit of it and your kitchen is fantastic!

  • Dresser Girl October 5, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful!! I love it!!

  • Lisa@Pickles and Cheese October 5, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Gorgeous kitchen and I love the stone work behind your stove. Love every inch of all of it!!

  • Marla October 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    What a beautiful and practical kitchen you have designed. I love it all. Marla

  • cindy@cottage instincts October 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Incredible! Love your larder, and those jars are fab :o)

  • g.suzie October 5, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Now that looks like a kitchen you wouldn’t mind spending time in!
    I love all your choices, the farm sink, little copper one, stonework, well just everything!
    Good job. . .

  • The DIY Show Off October 5, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Wow. What a beautiful kitchen. I love all of the details. It’s fabulous! Great job!

    Roeshel

  • Manuela October 5, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Seriously, can I come over and “play”? :)
    What a dream kitchen!!

  • Shelia October 5, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Oh, I’m just drooling here looking at your beautiful kitchen! You’ve paid attention to every detail and it all paid off! It’s gorgeous! Oh, I’m not jealous, no I’m not! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  • Anna October 5, 2009 at 1:45 am

    what an amazing kitchen!

  • Leann October 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

    What a beautiful remodel, I love every detail!

    Happy belated PS!
    Leann

  • Cindy (Applestone Cottage) October 5, 2009 at 2:17 am

    What an amazing kitchen and so beautiful to boot! I think I need to go pick my tongue off the floor~ my fave part is that stonework behind your stove! Fabulous~ Cindy

  • Sharlotte October 5, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Oh my…what a gorgeous kitchen! I love EVERYTHING! Can I hire you? You have everything so well thought through…a place for everything. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie October 5, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Hi Michelle,
    Your kitchen is just wonderful…love love love the stone work..
    xoxo
    Julie

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) October 5, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Your kitchen is just gorgeous, I love everything about it. Your attention to detail when planning it shows such thought and planning. Just stunning. Hugs, Marty

  • Sheri October 5, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Wow!!! That’s just beautiful! I have a linky party going on if you would like to join!

    http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-great-pumpkin.html

  • Terry October 5, 2009 at 3:12 am

    The stove, pineapple, and stone deserve a blue ribbon and gold medal. Not looking new the the best way for a new kitchen t look.

  • Brian the old man October 5, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Absolutely fabulous! My father and I have done a bit of remodeling in our lives and I know all of the joy and excitement which goes into this type of redesign. I must say I am a bit envious. Hope you enjoy your beautiful kitchen.

  • Maggie B October 5, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Hi, just popped over from BNOTP and gasped in amazement at your wonderful stove, the backsplash and everything!
    I have a built in pantry too, it’s so handy.
    Your kitchen is gorgeous.
    Maggie

  • Shanty 2 Chic October 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I love your tear drop pulls and all of the canisters! It’s looking good! ~Ashley

  • ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ October 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Michelle~ ~Beautiful deco drawer pulls. I love that you mix it up, so do I. Oh yeah, I Want That Stove!~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  • Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE October 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Love your kitchen it is so well done, love the apron sink and the coper sink and just the way it is laid out, I can just bet you love being in there. Thanks for sharing…Phyllis

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Such a gorgeous kitchen! I want to live there.. :)

  • Sherri @ Design2Shine October 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I LOVEEEEEEE the hidden items AND the glass jars shelf. It’s beautiful in every way and detail. I would never leave the kitchen! LOL

  • Barbara October 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Love your kitchen. Very Elegant.

  • ImagineCozy October 5, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Beutiful kitchen! I love how you mixed up the knobs on the cabinets. It adds such personality.
    -Angela

  • claudie October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Haven’t seen the before, but the after is just stunning. No wonder you bake every day… my kitchen is very small compared to what I used to have… but that’s ok with me.
    Enjoy every second & happy cooking Rebecca.
    Happy MET Monday
    Love Claudie
    xo

  • claudie October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    OH SO SORRY
    WHY DID I CALL YOU REBECCA???? I think my eyes glanced to the left… lol sorry Michelle.
    Claudie
    xo

  • Deanna October 5, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    This is charming!
    So glad you’ve shared on metmonday and I got to see this.
    Autumn Blessings,
    d from homehaven

  • bcp.....My Life October 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    WOW! I really want your kitchen! The hardware is so good looking and I love the green cabinet. Just beautiful!
    betty

  • niartist October 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Can’t get enough of this fantastic kitchen! It’s perfect! Great job!

  • savorysimple October 10, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I can’t wait until I own a home and I can completely customize my kitchen. Some day!

  • Michelle October 12, 2009 at 2:46 am

    I know I’ve had several questions on the material I used for my kitchen ceiling and I’m happy to announce I FOUND IT! After going through all our receipts for 2007 and coming up empty handed I started calling my suppliers and thankfully Greg at Alexander Lumber tracked down the ceiling material!!!! Please click on Moulding and Millwork Catalog at http://www.mouldingandmillwork.com/pdf/IND_5268_Chicago_PG.pdf and scroll down to Page 43, under Wainscot, M&M# 5834M; 5/8″by3″by16′ Ultralite.

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  • Winnie April 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    It’s so beautiful Michelle! I love each and every detail 😉

  • Gerard Iribe April 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This is AMAZING!!!!! Big props!

  • Katrina April 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Love your kitchen, Michelle. It looks great! Job well done!

  • Jeanette April 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    What a stunning kitchen Michelle – I can see how you would be inspired to bake up so many of your goodies in this haven!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    It’s fabulous! How fun for you!

  • Delishhh May 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Ohh gorgeous. You did an amazing job. We are about to start on a full kitchen remodel and i just want it over with before i start :)

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